The present crisis of capitalism has a history. A history of the private accumulation of wealth through property regimes which allow increasing commodification and the privatisation of resources: from land to knowledge and even to life itself. Understanding that history may allow us to imagine alternatives after Capital which are no longer private but common. After Capital explores this history, showing how the economy is linked to environmental damage, climate change, resource depletion, and to massive inequality. It takes the reader from liberalism to neoliberalism, from climate change to the Anthropocene, and shows how this history is inextricably the history of colonialism. It is a rich and detailed narrative of capitalism over the last 200 years, that explains its texture and its neoliberal endgame. This discussion frames speculation on what postcapitalist societies could be, with regimes of private accumulation replaced by a politics and ethics of a democratic and ecologically- grounded Commons.
Chapter 6: New Foundations for Postcapitalist Worlds
In addressing the issues of the grounds for breaking away from the assumptions and claims to truth invested and inscribed in the current order of things, I shall examine three theoretical displacements which are necessary as basis for imagining alternatives. The first concerns the rejection of any understanding of the worlding of a world that neglects its essentially co-implicate character, that is, involving all forms of life in the choreographic processes involved. Second, the displacements reject the still resilient concept of the autonomous, egocentric, self-interested subject as agent of history and of rational action, and the ‘metaphysics of individualism’ that underlie it. Third, they signal a break with anthropocentrism, to which egocentrism is affiliated, ...